You know the feeling. You’re sitting in the theater, wondering how much longer the movie is. Then, you realize you still have another hour to go. Sometimes, movies need to be on the longer side. However, that’s rarely the case. In a recent online conversation people shared movies they feel would benefit from an editor. Here are ten of their top choices.
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The movie mentioned most frequently in this online discussion was Australia. One person said, “I thought it was a pretty decent western, and the scene of the cattle running up the ramp onto the boat was a nice ending note. Then World War II started.”
Another said, “The movie fully ended (not the first act, the movie) and then started a second one and thought we wouldn’t notice. There’s no need for that.”
This movie is proof that you can completely ruin a good movie by stretching it out too long. One commenter said, “I was waiting for the end credits and suddenly realized there was one and a half hours left of the movie.”
Another person said, “My favorite review of this movie said ‘They packed a two-hour movie into three hours.'”
Killers of the Flower Moon
The new Martin Scorsese flick clocks in at a whopping at three hours and 26 minutes of run time. While the film is largely receiving positive critical acclaim, the movie packs the length of two into one film.
When you read about people asking if there’s an intermission during the film, which sadly there isn’t, you know it’s too long.
Jurassic World Dominion
The Jurassic Park franchise certainly has its hits and its misses, but this one was a lengthy miss, according to most people in the thread. One commenter said, “It seems like it was written by AI. It was so bad. Anyone who actually liked it needs a psychological evaluation.”
Another moviegoer said, “I wish I knew just how bad it was going to be. When I saw the time, I was shocked. Thought it was almost over. No. There was about an hour left.”
This movie was also highly rated as one that should’ve left a hefty amount of material on the cutting room floor. One person said, “That movie just wouldn’t stop.” Another replied, “You were warned. It wasn’t called “Wakanda for 90 Minutes.” Still, another poster said, “My word. I thought I was the only one. Watching that movie went from entertainment to a job.”
The Irishman was another commonly mentioned movie that would’ve been better if it was shorter. One commenter said, “I got my girlfriend pregnant, delivered the baby, and the movie still hadn’t finished.”
Another replied, “I tried to watch it all because I have this thing about finishing whatever I start, but this one kept going and going.”
Beau Is Afraid
For most viewers of this film, three hours was just too much. One person said, “This is when you get high on your own supply. It happens often with weird filmmakers that are not reined in and are given 100 percent creative freedom and you get these indulgent messes that could’ve been avoided if only a producer had said ‘dude, you gotta edit this.'”
Another commenter agreed, saying, “The first hour was pretty funny, the second hour was nuts and the third hour was something. I don’t really know. When it was over in my packed theater, someone stood up and said ‘I’m done with this movie!!'”
Batman vs Superman
This is another movie that many thought would’ve been made better by cutting it short, particularly the dialogue. One gentleman said, “That movie was just so much talking that the final fight was not even close to worth watching the whole thing.”
Another commenter replied, “I took two naps during this movie and it was still going when I woke up. Incredible achievement to make a film starring Batman and Superman so dull.”
Great scenery, excellent dialogue, and action, and people still felt that this one was a bit too long.
One person said, “It’s a good film, and I adore Tom Hardy, but dear God, parts of it were like a travelogue for Canada – it could have been at least 30 minutes shorter without losing anything.”
Another replied, “I saw this one in the theater when it came out. People were laughing outright when the main character survived his 19th deadly ordeal. It was just too much!”
This one is a recent example of movies that just keep going and going and going. One commenter said, “If it ended when Jean Smart tells Brad Pitt his career is over that would have been a good tidy ending to a flawed movie. Instead we get at least another 90 minutes and what feels like another five acts.”
Another commenter thought that it should be either longer or shorter, saying, “I really like it but it needed to be an hour shorter or five longer and be a series. But overall the best remake of Boogie Nights we will ever have.”
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